CCHP Physiotherapy Referral

Community Paediatric Physiotherapists see children from Birth to school-leaving age with a movement difficulty, motor delay or physical disability. This may include the following conditions :

  • Neurological e.g. cerebral palsy, spina bifida, head injury.
  • Neuro muscular e.g.  muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, neuropathy.
  • Developmental delay, general developmental delay and syndromes.
  • Discharge following trauma or orthopaedic surgery.
  • Respiratory if already known to service for another existing condition.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Motor Coordination Difficulties ( DCD).


North Somerset referrals

Anyone can make a referral to this service. Please use the Single Point of Entry (SPE) form to make your referral.

We see children with a variety of conditions resulting in significant motor delay, such as neurodisability, neuromuscular, metabolic and genetic.

We are a community, not acute based service and don't see children with respiratory conditions, injuries or musculoskeletal conditions.

Referral is via the North Somerset Single Point of Entry form. Before making a referral, please take a look at our referral guidelines.


If the child meets the referral criteria they will be invited for assessment. This may be with a Physiotherapist, or part of a joint therapist assessment, or as part of a Multi-Professional Child Centred Assessment (CCA).


A treatment pathway will be agreed with the family which may be:-

  1. Advice & close to Physiotherapy.
  2. Block of assessment sessions to achieve agreed outcome & close to Physiotherapy.
  3. Block of sessions with a Child Development Practitioner followed by a review with Physiotherapy.
  4. Package of care incorporating a Physical Management Plan (PMP) taught to carers & education staff to be carried out on a daily basis.
  5. A 24 hour postural care package in conjunction with Occupational Therapy colleagues.
  6. Possible referral and signposting onto other services such as Orthotics , Occupational Therapy or Portage.


We take part in CDC meetings, multi-agency meetings and school reviews to try to co-ordinate the approach for the child and family where appropriate.


The child will be discharged when a treatment package is established or when Physiotherapy is no longer felt to be beneficial.

For more information about the Children's Physiotherapy Services please contact:

Drove House
Drove Road
BS23 3NT

Tel: 01934 881306


Bristol and South Gloucestershire referrals

Anyone can make a referral to this service. Please use the Single Point of Entry (SPE) form (related documents - below) to make your referral.

All new referrals are jointly triaged by an Occupational Therapist (OT), Physiotherapist and Early Years Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) on a weekly basis. If your child meets the referral criteria they will be offered an assessment.

Depending on need, this may be a joint OT and Physio assessment (and if appropriate, will include an SLT), or you may be assessed by a single service.

In some cases we may request additional information about your child, such as a Functional Skills Checklist (see below).

Related documents:

Contact us

  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Helpline - 07917 393196
    If you have a concern about your child’s movement, or ability to undertake everyday tasks. Available every Thursday between 9am and 12pm.
  • Email

​You can also visit the Children's Physiotherapy Team page for more contact details.